What is Arikovani?

*Arikovani (means ‘Beehive’ in Turkish) is a crowdfunding platform that helps entrepreneurs to obtain the funds they need to execute their technology- or innovation-oriented projects from the society.

What is crowdfunding?

The concept known as "crowdfunding" is a way to. create financial resources for projects. It helps the project owners to obtain the financial resources they need to create the products they work on by receiving small to large support from the members of the society rather than financing the projects with an investment of a single person or a company.

What does crowdfunding look like?

It would be right to consider crowdfunding as a type of collective work, an important element of the Turkish culture, carried out via online platforms within the framework of certain rules and obligations. The purpose of both practices is to solve problems of the society through mutual help.

*Arikovani discovers projects that produce innovative solutions to a need or problem experienced by part of society, then helps them connect with the society, and supports them until their accomplishment.

Purpose of Arikovani

The main objectives of Arikovani are to increase domestic technology production of Turkey and to raise the social awareness on supporting the production of technology. For this purpose, it helps technology projects that address a real need or solve a real problem to reach their target audience and obtain their funding at early stages. If the society gets involved and helps to shape the technology projects at earlier stages, enables it to play a role in breakthrough innovations.

Are there any examples from the world?

Crowd funding is used widely, especially in the USA and Europe. For example, both, the Oculus Rift project, the pioneers of virtual reality trend, and the Pebble smart watch project, the pioneers of wearable technology trend, were realized through donations obtained via crowd funding platforms.

*Arikovani introduces society to innovative technology projects, which are developed for end users with built prototypes and ready to go mass production in short time.

Where Do Projects Come From?

Projects that have a prototype and meet Arikovani criteria may submit their application by using the online form on Arikovani platform.

What are Arikovani Criteria?

  • Projects that are technology- and innovation-oriented;
  • Developed for end users;
  • Have a prototype built;
  • Able to go mass production in short time;
  • And have no previous sales activity may be posted on Arikovani platform;

Social Thinking

Projects with approved applications first go to "Social Thinking" phase. Here, the project meets with its target audience for the first time and gets the chance to evolve in line with the needs and demands of the community through receiving feedbacks from Arikovani’s community.

*Project Application > Social Thinking > Crowd Funding > Delivery (must be shown graphically)

Funding

At the ‘Crowd Funding’ stage, the project meets with the public through Arikovani and can be supported by anyone, who wishes to do so. Project owners, whose project reaches or exceeds the targeted support amount after 60 days, are to deliver their determined rewards to their supporters on the date they promised.

In case of failure: If a project fails to reach its target, the support amount will be returned to the supporters without any deduction. In case of such a failure scenario, the entrepreneur may rejoin Arikovani after completing the missing points of his/her project and making it more adequate to the needs of the target audience.

WHAT ARIKOVANI IS NOT ABOUT ?

Project owners,

Not an incubation center or an acceleration program.

Not a capital support center.

Not a business development center or consultancy firm.

Not an investor.

Supporters,

Not an e-business platform; its purpose is to help projects become reality.

Not an investment platform; you cannot become a partner to the project owner enterprise in return of your support.

Not a broker; it does not require commission fees from supporters and project owners in return of its services.

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Do you still want to know more? Then, you may find more information here.

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Rules

In order to make sustainable the process of helping more projects on their way to success, Arikovani's top priority is to ensure there is mutual trust. Building mutual trust by knowing that we serve to a common purpose requires that you, project owners and supporters, play your part in addition to Arikovani.

I AM A PROJECT OWNER LOOKING FOR SUPPORT

 - You may start a campaign on Arikovani only for technology- and innovation-oriented projects with ready prototypes.

 - You must be the owner and developer of the idea behind the project that you put on Arikovani. You may not start a campaign on Arikovani by using unauthorized copies of copyrighted or patented products.

 - Arikovani is not just a platform to make money or to grant funds without return. You must deliver the promised rewards and gifts to your supporters in return of their support.

 - You may not give any items that involve alcohol, gambling, firearms or other prohibited contents as a gift or reward.

 - You may not offer shares, reimbursement or other financial benefits to your supporters in order to raise funds to your project.

 - You must have a well-prepared plan for the project that you want to submit for campaign. You must be realistic about the amount of support you need for your project and make the most effective use of it after collection.

 - You must not post any inaccurate content for your campaign. You must not mislead your supporters with exaggerated gifts. You must be transparent to your supporters.

 - You must not be emotional when reacting to respectful criticism towards your project, campaign promotion, gifts and rewards, and even your team and yourself. You must not forget that listening to criticism would help you develop your project even better.

 - You must explain your project to your supporters in the clearest manner on a problem-solution basis. You must not give exaggerated or misleading information to your supporters.

 - You must try to answer all questions of the supporters. Keeping in touch with your supporters at all times and answering all their questions in a satisfying manner would increase your chances of success.

 - You must introduce your team, yourself and your past experiences to your supporters during your campaign, and refrain from using exaggerated and misleading information.

 - You must be clear when explaining the challenges and risks associated with your project.

Do you still want to know more? Then, visit Terms of Use.

 

I AM A SUPPORTER LOOKING FOR A PROJECT

 - Before you give your support to a project, you must be sure that you know everything about the project and the team behind it. For this, you may read the information on the project page, or if this is not sufficient, you may conduct a comprehensive online search or directly contact the project owner.

 - Before you give your support to a project, it would be good practice to read the comment section on the project page in order to know what others think about the project and the project team.

 - If you find anything contrary to Arikovani rules on any project page, you must report it immediately. Each and every reported project will be reviewed in depth by Arikovani curator team. Projects that violate rules will be removed from Arikovani immediately without any exception.

 - Arikovani is not an e-business platform. Your support will be used for the accomplishment of the project. Projects may suffer from delays, setbacks or even suspension.

Therm Of Use

- Terms of Use specified by Arikovani are required for the best management of Arikovani services. You accept the entire Terms of Use when you start using Arikovani. Arikovani may update Terms of Use whenever it deems necessary. Arikovani does not perform any retroactive actions after updates. Arikovani notifies you about any updates to terms of use via e-mail. If you continue using Arikovani services after the updates, you will be deemed to accepting the new terms.

Creating Membership Accounts and Compliance

- You can explore projects and find more detailed information on project pages without creating any account on Arikovani. But, if you wish to be a member of Arikovani, you must be older than 18. If you are between 13 and 17 years old, you can use our services under supervision of your parents or your guardian over the age of 18. You are responsible for all activities of your Arikovani account and the security of your password. If you think your account has been used without your permission, you must notify us immediately.

Service Description and Definitions

- Arikovani is a platform for online funding of projects. The project owners present rewards to their supporters in return of receiving their support in the projects. Arikovani does not play a role in projects, does not guarantee their completion or deal with any supply work for the delivery of rewards. Arikovani users must use the platform by knowing all risks.

- Project: The project submitted for funding in Arikovani.

- Project Owner: The person who submits his/her project for funding in Arikovani.

- Project Supporter: The person who supports projects submitted for funding in Arikovani.

- Support: The financial contribution of project supporter in the project.

- User: Everyone who becomes a member of Arikovani (project owner, project supporter, etc.)

Prohibited Actions

- Projects that contain illegal activities, restrict personal rights and liberties or contain any other illegal activities will not be submitted for funding.

- The rewards to be given by project owners to their supporters cannot be related to:

Products that contain alcohol,

Gambling,betting or lottery

Financial benefits,

Prohibites substances such as drugs,

Firearms and the like,

- You cannot violate the rules and other people's rights.

- You cannot deliberately give misleading information or perform misleading actions.

- If you are a project owner, you can access only the names of your supporters during funding period, while using Arikovani. You cannot misuse personal details you obtain from your supporters.

- You cannot transmit viruses or other harmful elements via Arikovani.

How Do Projects Work?

- Once the projects are opened for funding, the project supporter's selection of a reward will automatically result in a contract between the project supporter and the project owner. The project owner will be liable to deliver the selected reward to the project supporter upon successful funding of the project pursuant to this contract. Arikovani is not a part of this contract, which exists only between the project supporter and the project owner.

- The project owner undertakes to use all facilities, motivation and energy to complete the project successfully and deliver the reward to the supporter pursuant to the contract.

- Project owners, who think they will not be able to complete their projects, may cancel funding if the project funding has not been closed.

- Project owners, who think they will not be able to complete their projects after completion of the funding, must clearly explain how much effort they had put to complete the project successfully, how did they use the funds and the reasons of failure to their supporters. If there are supporters, whom the project owner failed to deliver the rewards to, the amount of the received support should be returned back to them. Project supporters, who have not received rewards or refunds, are entitled to take legal action.

Funding System

- When a project supporter makes a contribution to a project, the amounts will be collected immediately.

- You can cancel, decrease or increase the amount of support until 24 hours before closing of the funding process. Once the project funding has been closed, you may contact directly the project owner if you want to make changes in the amount of your support.

- The date of delivery will be determined by the project owner at his/her sole discretion. Arikovani does not give any guarantees to project supporters in regard to date of delivery.

- Once the project has been funded, the project owner may send a form to the project supporters in order to obtain their details for the delivery of the rewards.

- Arikovani does not give any guarantees to project supporters in regard of the refunding of their contributions in case a project fails. The failure of a project and refunding of contributions are the project owner's responsibility.

- Project owners are entitled to cancel their projects after funding of their projects. If the project owners cancel their projects and refund all the amounts collected to their supporters, they will be relieved of their liabilities to the project supporters.

- Arikovani does not apply any deductions to the funded projects. Only the fees collected by banks or other payment systems for payment transactions are deducted from the funding, and then transferred to the entrepreneur.

Funding Fees

- Arikovani does not require any financial benefits from the projects opened to funding.

- Arikovani does not require any financial benefits from the projects opened to funding, but failed to reach their target.

- Arikovani does not require any financial benefits from or apply deductions to the funds of projects with successful funding. Only the fees collected by banks or other payment systems for payment transactions are deducted from the funding, and then transferred to the entrepreneur.

Links to Other Websites

- Arikovani platform may contain and share links to other websites. If you access these websites through links, the terms of use of Arikovani will not apply. Arikovani cannot be held responsible for any problems that you may experience in these other websites. Arikovani does not control or endorse websites that you will access via links.

Your Intellectual Rights

- You hereby grant Arikovani the exclusive right to manage everything you share and post on Arikovani. Arikovani may use the contents you've shared in promotions, campaigns, etc. at anytime it deems fit without your permission.

- Arikovani may make changes to the contents you've shared and use the so-changed contents any where it deems fit.

- If you have not obtained the necessary permits, you cannot use licensed or copyrighted materials in the contents you've shared on Arikovani or in your project.

- The owner of contents will be responsible for all violation of licenses and copyrights in the contents shared on Arikovani.

- You must undertake that Arikovani will not be in violation of licenses or copyrights as a result of Arikovani's use of the contents you've shared on Arikovani.

Intellectual Rights of Arikovani

- Arikovani offers all its services to all users for their personal use. Users cannot make changes, conversions, etc. on the services.

- Users cannot use Arikovani's licensed services for sales, leasing or other commercial purposes. Users that wish to use our services for commercial purposes must obtain Arikovani's permission.

Copyright Problems

- Arikovani acknowledges the copyright-related provisions of Digital Millennium Copyright Act. Arikovani solves copyright-related problems in accordance with DMCA rules.

- If any person claims that their products, works or other contents that belong to them are used on Arikovani without their permission, they may notify Arikovani about it. Arikovani will review these claims. If the claim proves to be right after review, the project that contains such unauthorized content will be removed from Arikovani.

Disclaimer of Warrant

- Arikovani hereby disclaims all warranties to users related to terms and copyrights.

- Arikovani hereby disclaims all warranties that its services are able to meet requirements wholly, timely and trouble-free.

- Users will be responsible for all damages to their data and their computers as a result of their use of Arikovani.

- Users will be responsible for the risks that may arise from contents uploaded to Arikovani or downloaded to their devices. Arikovani hereby disclaims all warranties related thereto.

- Briefly, you will assume all risks and responsibilities, while using Arikovani. You will be responsible for all damages and losses as a result of your use of Arikovani, and Arikovani does not grant any warranties related thereto.

Indemnification

- Contents that you have created, shared or posted on Arikovani platform, which you use by accepting all terms and conditions, may result in legal actions, which may involve Arikovani. In this case, you will be responsible for defending Arikovani against all claims. You will be responsible for covering all legal fees, attorney fees and indemnification that may occur as a result of this situation. You accept all these terms at the moment you start using Arikovani.

Limitation of Liabilities

- You hereby clearly accept, declare and undertake that Arikovani will not be held responsible for any direct, indirect, incidental and punitive damages that you may experience from the moment that you start using Arikovani services.

- Arikovani will not be held responsible for any damages, data losses, profit losses or unauthorized management of your account and data, arising from your use or not use of Arikovani.

Conflicts

- Arikovani will not be a part of any conflicts that may arise between a project owner and a project supporter. If the project owner will not be able to complete the project successfully as promised, he/she must find a satisfactory remedy for their supporters.

- If you think you would experience any conflict with Arikovani, you may apply to us before taking legal actions. Arikovani will review your application and strive to settle the conflict in the most appropriate manner.

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Trust And Safety

In order to make sustainable the process of helping more projects on their way to success, Arikovani's top priority is to ensure there is mutual trust. Building mutual trust by knowing that we serve to a common purpose requires that you, project owners and supporters, play your part in addition to Arikovani.

I AM A PROJECT OWNER LOOKING FOR SUPPORT

 - You may start a campaign on Arikovani only for technology- and innovation-oriented projects with ready prototypes.

 - You must be the owner and developer of the idea behind the project that you put on Arikovani. You may not start a campaign on Arikovani by using unauthorized copies of copyrighted or patented products.

 - Arikovani is not just a platform to make money or to grant funds without return. You must deliver the promised rewards and gifts to your supporters in return of their support.

 - You may not give any items that involve alcohol, gambling, firearms or other prohibited contents as a gift or reward.

 - You may not offer shares, reimbursement or other financial benefits to your supporters in order to raise funds to your project.

 - You must have a well-prepared plan for the project that you want to submit for campaign. You must be realistic about the amount of support you need for your project and make the most effective use of it after collection.

 - You must not post any inaccurate content for your campaign. You must not mislead your supporters with exaggerated gifts. You must be transparent to your supporters.

 - You must not be emotional when reacting to respectful criticism towards your project, campaign promotion, gifts and rewards, and even your team and yourself. You must not forget that listening to criticism would help you develop your project even better.

 - You must explain your project to your supporters in the clearest manner on a problem-solution basis. You must not give exaggerated or misleading information to your supporters.

 - You must try to answer all questions of the supporters. Keeping in touch with your supporters at all times and answering all their questions in a satisfying manner would increase your chances of success.

 - You must introduce your team, yourself and your past experiences to your supporters during your campaign, and refrain from using exaggerated and misleading information.

 - You must be clear when explaining the challenges and risks associated with your project.

Do you still want to know more? Then, visit Terms of Use.

 

I AM A SUPPORTER LOOKING FOR A PROJECT

 - Before you give your support to a project, you must be sure that you know everything about the project and the team behind it. For this, you may read the information on the project page, or if this is not sufficient, you may conduct a comprehensive online search or directly contact the project owner.

 - Before you give your support to a project, it would be good practice to read the comment section on the project page in order to know what others think about the project and the project team.

 - If you find anything contrary to Arikovani rules on any project page, you must report it immediately. Each and every reported project will be reviewed in depth by Arikovani curator team. Projects that violate rules will be removed from Arikovani immediately without any exception.

 - Arikovani is not an e-business platform. Your support will be used for the accomplishment of the project. Projects may suffer from delays, setbacks or even suspension.

Supporters:

I liked a project on your website. How can I get more information about this project or its owner?

You may find detailed information about the project by visiting the project page. For other questions related to the project, you may contact directly the project owner via the project page. If you think your question may be relevant to other supporters and you want them to benefit from the answer, you may write your comments in the comment section of the project page.

How can I support a project that I like?

Arikovani operates on the basis of reward-based crowdfunding. Therefore, each project offers many reward options. Once you've selected the reward you like from the project page, you may support the projects you like by completing the payment.

Are there any deductions from my support to the project?

Arikovani does not get any commission from the amounts donated to the projects. Only the fees, collected by banks or other payment systems for payment transactions, are deducted from your donation and then transferred to the entrepreneur.

Who is responsible for the completion of the project I support?

Arikovani monitors the production phase of the supported projects, but does not have any direct responsibility regarding their completion. Once determined the projects' compliance with the criteria, Arikovani allows them to get crowdfunding and acts as a bridge between projects and backers. If the project is funded successfully, the project owner will be liable to deliver the promised products to the supporters timely and completely.

If the project I support fails, will my support amount be returned?

If the project you supported fails to reach the target funding, your support amount will be returned to your account without deduction.

I still haven't received the reward. What can I do?

If the delivery date, specified on the project page, elapses and you still haven't received your reward, first you may check the project page for any delivery date updates that might have been made by the project owner. If there is no delivery date update, then you may directly contact the project owner or ask for information via the comment section of the project page.

Can I cancel any given support?

Supports given to projects can be cancelled until 24 hours before the end of the campaign period. But please remember that the cancellation of your support will disappoint the project owner.

Can I get shares and be a partner to the enterprise in return of my support to the projects?

You can only get the reward you've selected through the support stage, and cannot get a share in the project in return of your support. Arikovani is not a share-based crowdfunding platform.

 

Entrepreneurs:

What is the source of funding accumulated in Arikovani?

Arikovani is a crowdfunding platform. The funding to be accumulated here comes from the crowd. Therefore, your project must be suitable for crowdfunding.

How can I understand whether or not my project suits crowdfunding?

You can understand whether or not your project suits crowdfunding by measuring its compliance with the following criteria. Your project must:

- Be developed for end users;

- Be able to present a real reward to its supporters;

- Have a ready prototype;

- Be able to complete final production in short time.

Does Arikovani apply any additional criteria besides crowdfunding criteria?

We, as Arikovani, can only promote technology- and innovation-oriented projects on our platform. Additionally, the project must be at prototype phase as a minimum.

How can I apply to Arikovani?

You can apply by completing the project application form in Start a Project tab of arikovani.com. Your project will be evaluated by our team with regards to crowdfunding criteria, and you will receive a positive or negative reply.

Where can I check the status of my application?

You can check the status of your application by clicking My Projects tab on your Profile page. Additionally, you will receive an information e-mail upon completion of qualification phase.

I want to post my project on your platform, but I have concerns that someone else might steal my idea. Do you offer any assistance for this? What can I do to prevent this?

Only our team can see your project at the application phase. There will be no problems at this phase. Then, if the process goes well and your project is opened for funding, everyone will be able to see your project. At this point, Arikovani does not carry out any actions and give any commitments regarding the protection of your project. If you wish, you may apply for patent and protect your project against stealing.

What happens if the amount of funding is below or above the target?

If the amount of funding at the end of the campaign is below your target, all the amounts will be returned to the supporters. If it reaches the target, all the amounts will be transferred to the project owner. There is no upper limit for funding. This way the projects can be in a better position financially and can be executed in a shorter time frame than expected.

Does Arikovani require any deduction or share from the funds?

Arikovani does not require any commissions or shares from the funds donated to the projects. Only the fee, collected by payment system providers, will be deducted from the funds before transferring them to the entrepreneurs.

Do Arikovani or the project supporters become partners in my company?

Neither Arikovani nor any supporters, who have supported you on arikovani.com, can become partners in your company. They only get the reward that you've determined before.

 

Contact Us

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